We found 38 medical oncologists who accept Aetna HMO near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Steven Bernard Newman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Arkes 2140
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Steven Newman's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Newman's clinical interests include leukemia, lung cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Newman takes. Dr. Newman is open to new patients. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Sarcoma, Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina Michelle Gandica, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 2140; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Regina Stein is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: leukemia, testicular cancer, and pain management. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stein takes. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Stein speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Stein welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Urologic Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Eklund, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Eklund, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Eklund include blood cancers. Dr. Eklund is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Eklund's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Eklund has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Eklund's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Eklund has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Cancers

Dr. Cesar Augusto Santa Maria, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
233 E Superior Street 1st Floor; Olson Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Cesar Santa-Maria is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Santa-Maria include breast cancer and clinical trials. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Santa-Maria is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Breast Cancer

Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
645 N Michigan Avenue; Suite 1006
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli works as an adult oncologist and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise include metastatic breast cancer. Dr. Cristofanilli honors Coventry, Aetna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sapienza University of Rome and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Cabrini Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Cristofanilli is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Metastatic Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Jessica Kaplan Altman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jessica Altman is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Altman include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute leukemia, and anemia. Dr. Altman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before performing Dr. Altman's residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Altman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Altman's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Altman welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Leukemia, Acute Leukemia, Anemia, Chronic Leukemia

Dr. Daniela Elena Matei, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
250 E Superior Street; Ste 4-420
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniela Matei is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. She has a special interest in ovarian cancer, chemotherapy, and endometrial cancer. Dr. Matei is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For her residency, Dr. Matei trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Matei speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Indianapolis VA Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Chemotherapy, Cervical Cancer

Dr. Al B Benson III, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Al Benson sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, anal cancer, and stomach cancer. Dr. Benson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Benson's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Kehinde U.A. Onifade, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kehinde Adekola is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Lagos College of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Adekola completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Transplant, Stem Cell Transplant

Dr. Sarika Jain, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 21-100; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sarika Jain is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Chicago, IL. Her clinical interests include breast cancer. Dr. Jain accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Jain's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Shuo Ma, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 850
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shuo Ma works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ma include monoclonal antibodies (mabs), waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, and chronic leukemia. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. She is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ma has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Cancers, Monoclonal Antibodies, Chronic Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anaadriana Zakarija, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anaadriana Zakarija is a medical specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. Her clinical interests include thrombophilia (clotting disorders), anemia, and apheresis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zakarija honors. She graduated from Rush Medical College. She trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Zakarija is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Anemia, Blood Clots, Thrombophilia, Bleeding Disorders, Apheresis, Thrombocytopenia

Dr. Sheetal Ujjwal Kircher, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Ste 21-100; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sheetal Kircher, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kircher include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anal cancer. Dr. Kircher is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Liver Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Anal Cancer, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunandana Chandra, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
645 N. Michigan Avenue; Suite 1006
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sunandana Chandra's areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; she sees patients in Chicago, IL. Dr. Chandra's clinical interests include melanoma. She is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Health Care System - Manhattan Campus, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chandra takes. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chandra obtained her medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed her residency at UH Case Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Chandra (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Eye Problems

Dr. Olga Frankfurt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Olga Frankfurt is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and medical oncology. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Frankfurt trained at Rush University Medical Center. She has a special interest in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute leukemia, and chronic leukemia. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She speaks Russian. Dr. Frankfurt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Frankfurt has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Blood Cancers, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Acute Leukemia, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Agulnik, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Agulnik is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: salivary gland tumor, thyroid cancer, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Agulnik is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Agulnik is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Agulnik welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Salivary Gland Tumor, Sarcoma, Head and Neck Cancer

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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